Review: ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ is a forgetful piece

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Review: ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’ is a forgetful piece

Arlyn Mendoza, Managing Editor

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Once again the Lego marketing team convinces parents to buy Lego products for their children.

‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’, written and directed by Bob Logan and Paul Fisher, offers a typical family movie plot with lessons to be learned about self courage and family clashes and resolutions. Amiable characters take the stage in the second Lego movie of the year, there should be no reason why a child would not enjoy the film. Unfortunately, not everyone is a child.

We are introduced to familiar voices and faces like Jackie Chan (The Karate Kid) as Master Wu, Dave Franco (21 Jump Street) as Lloyd and Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) as Cole. We find ourselves following the story of Lloyd, the main character and green ninja, accompanied by his fellow teenage ninja friends including red ninja, blue ninja, white ninja and more, each representing an element of earth. Lloyd and his friends defend the city of Ninjago from Garmadon who wants to take over as the mayor. Garmadon does not acknowledge his son Lloyd as the green ninja who defeats him day after day. Lloyd’s anger towards his father soon sparks up the plot of the story and it soon unfolds.

Part of the many reasons why ‘The Lego Movie’ and ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ stood out was attention to detail and staying true to the assimilation of stop motion picture. ‘The Lego Movie’ of 2014 visually set the stage that was intriguing to see. All the scenes were made of legos and looked fantastic. Waves were made up of interlocking plastic toys of various colors. Anyone could go home and recreate these scenes and practice stop motion. Mountains and deserts were made of orange and brown legos. Attention to detail lacked in the ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’, which was disappointing given the fact that it made the previous Lego movies look so gracious. Although there were a few references to older live action ninja movies, it was not enough to make the film remotely amazing.

This movie of course is aimed toward children, but that does not mean adults can not be taken into consideration. ‘The Lego Movie’ of 2014 had imagination and originality that protruded from the screen. The references on its own were appreciable. Unfortunately the audience did not see that in ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’.

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